The Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in 2013. Matted in Red, of course.

Let me tell you — this was the most challenging test of my patience. I didn’t think I was going to make it and I am SO glad it’s done.

Created with chalk and charcoal on 16x20 gray paper. Start to finish, somewhere over 150 hours.

—P.S. The original was commission so it is sold, but prints are available at my Etsy shop:

My view for the day. Jarvis is such a ham.

thedarkside-of-themoon sent: Are you selling that Jake Peavy art?

Hi! The original is already sold, but I do have prints available at my shop::

Number 44 up for the pitch! This is the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

But would you believe this is only half the project? This is part one of a double commission! The next one is the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2013.

This one took about 110 hours and was created with chalk and charcoal on 16x20 Strathmore paper.

Having a super lazy Saturday (best kind if you ask me!)

This is from my sketch journal…that I have been neglecting lately, poor thing.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day!

Late night drawing spree - working on tiny little faces. I’m hoping to finish it this week. I’m 90 hours in on this one. Sooo ready to be done!

This is Duke - An adorably fluffy Golden retriever/Chow Chow mix. He has such a rich blend of colors in his coat and it was so fun capturing that in pastels!

Created with PanPastels & Derwent pastel Pencils in about 5 hours.

Anonymous sent: So - totally jealous of your workspace. But I could never keep it that clean. Is it always like that? Do you have pics of it messy?

Haha definitely not always! Here’s what it looks like today(about a week of ‘Arting’ since I cleaned up last.

Pics don’t do the pastel dust justice though :/ It’s everywhere

kiki-eternal replied to your photo “My workspace (when it’s clean)”

mine always looks like a tornado went through it lol

That would describe the rest of my house haha

My workspace (when it’s clean)

nickapleas sent: I just discovered your blog and it is amazing the art work that you creat!!! I am recently discovering that I have a pretty good eye for drawling and amy trying to learn some new techniques. I noticed that you use a brush with some of your charcoal drawings, would you mind explaining how you use it and what it helps creat?

I absolutely love working with brushes with charcoal. I mainly use them for blending. They work beautifully for buffing charcoal into textured papers and getting that soft gradient that can be difficult to achieve.
I’ve used paper stubs, cotton Q-tips, fingers, sponges… just about everything! But nothing beats brushes for blending soft shades of charcoal.

I’m so happy you’ve discovered a love for drawing and I hope you have fun!

shiningspacecats sent: How do I learn realism? I am willing to put in the time, effort and resources.

The fact that you are willing to put in the time, effort and resources is the best start I can think of! Put your time into sketching and drawing what is around you - anything and everything! Practicing drawing from life is the best way to learn realism.
And it’s great fun to fill up sketch books!

My first ‘official’ drawing using PanPastels. So much faster and easier than grinding down my own soft pastels into powders to paint with. Phew!

Created with PanPastels and Derwent Pastel pencils in about 20 hours.